To Provide Satellite and 4G/LTE Connectivity for UK-based Cruise Line
Awarded Fully-Managed Communications Contract for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Speedcast will leverage satellite Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT) and land-based 4G/LTE connectivity to deliver communications for Fred. Olsen guests and crew on board its fleet of four cruise ships Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch - wherever they are in the world. The integration of both satellite and land-based infrastructure allows Fred. Olsen to optimise the use of its ships' networks.
The Speedcast multi-band managed communications platform will be installed on each of Fred. Olsen's ships, monitoring for and adopting the 'best fit' satellite, wireless or terrestrial network. Speedcast's Intelligent Communications Director technology will provide seamless, automatic switching between the different networks and technologies to ensure robust connectivity at all times.
Utilising Speedcast's global satellite capacity infrastructure, the network will also provide reliable connectivity between Fred. Olsen's offices and its fleet, sailing all over the globe.
"We are keen to benefit from Speedcast's expertise in providing industry-leading connectivity services to enhance our onboard guest experience, providing high-bandwidth availability for each of our four cruise ships," says Damon Impett, Head of IT for Fred. Olsen UK Group.
"Having access to a truly global communications network, capable of ensuring that our fleet will be always connected wherever we sail, was the most compelling factor when making this important decision, and Speedcast certainly delivers that. This also allows us to operate more efficiently between ships and onshore offices, with seamless connectivity from anywhere."
"We are excited to add Fred. Olsen as a new global cruise customer," says PJ Beylier, CEO of Speedcast. "Our core competencies of supplying reliable communication and IT solutions to highly-mobile ships sailing in remote areas fits Fred. Olsen's connectivity needs and company infrastructure very well. We are proud to have the opportunity to assist them with their goal of providing a top-notch guest and crew experience on board their cruise ships, through a combination of innovative technology and a high level of customer service."
The Speedcast solution will include 24x7x365 support from its customer service centres, located on five continents, as well as robust monitoring tools to manage Fred. Olsen's network proactively, ensuring the highest availability and most efficient use of satellite and 4G/LTE connectivity.
About Speedcast International Ltd
Speedcast International Ltd (ASX:SDA) is the largest provider of remote communications and IT services in the world. Speedcast's fully managed service is delivered via a leading global, multi-access-technology, multi-band and multi-orbit network of 70+ satellites and an interconnecting global terrestrial network, bolstered by extensive on the ground local support from 40+ countries. This global "network of networks" allows customers to fully rely on the most robust, integrated infrastructure available in the market for their mission critical applications. Speedcast is uniquely positioned as a strategic business partner, tailoring communications, IT and digital solutions to meet unique customer needs and enable business transformation. Speedcast extends its managed services through differentiated technology offerings including cyber-security, crew welfare, content solutions, data & voice applications and network systems integration services. With a passionate customer focus and a strong safety culture, Speedcast serves more than 2,000 customers in over 140 countries in sectors such as Maritime, Energy, Mining, Enterprise, Media, Cruise, NGOs and Government. Learn more at Speedcast.
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